Rockford Symphony Orchestra
The Rockford Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading cultural institutions in Northern Illinois, performing over twenty classical and pops concerts annually. The RSO was incorporated in 1943 after performing for the community for nine seasons under its first Music Director and Manager, Arthur Zack, who led the orchestra for twenty-seven years. www.rockfordsymphony.com
Rockford Coronado Concert Association
The Rockford Coronado Concert Association was established in 1936 as the Rockford Community Concert Association. It was part of a nationwide arts movement to bring high-quality classical performances to middle America during the Great Depression.
Today the Rockford Coronado Concert Association presents an outstanding season of five concerts each year at the Coronado Theatre, a landmark structure in downtown Rockford. The classical, semi-classical and dance performances feature world-class artists such as Itzhak Perlman, the Teatro Lyrico d'Europa production of the opera "Carmen" and the family-popular Peking Acrobats. www.rccaconcerts.org
Rockford Dance Company
Rockford Dance Company, a not for profit organization, enhances our community and promotes the art of dance by supporting a company of dancers from the community, providing accessible dance education for children and adults, working in cooperation with other arts organizations. www.rockforddancecompany.com
Friends of the Coronado
Friends of the Coronado was established in 1997, after the historic Coronado Theatre was gifted to the City of Rockford by the Kerasotes Corporation. The Friends launched an $18.5 million fund-raising campaign to expand, restore and renovate the Coronado, built in 1927. With the generous help of the City of Rockford, dozens of area corporations, several regional and national foundations, thousands of individual donors and hundreds of volunteers, the dream of creating a world-class venue “for all to use and share” has been realized in the “new” Coronado Theatre. Today, Friends of the Coronado continues its mission of promoting and preserving the Coronado Theatre. The Friends currently operates Coronado Corner, a gift shop and information center adjacent to the theatre. www.friendsofthecoronado.org
Land of Lincoln Theatre Organ Society (LOLTOS)
The Land of Lincoln Theatre Organ Society is a non-profit organization chartered in 1973. The Land of Lincoln Theatre Organ Society owns and maintains the Coronado Grande Barton Theatre Organ. LOLTOS members are musicians, music students, historical devotees and anyone who enjoys music and wants to preserve the beautiful sound of the Grande Barton. LOLTOS offers tours of the historic Coronado that include a brief organ concert, silent movie and comprehensive walk-through of the theatre.
Also, we now have the LOLTOS Archives in the Coronado Theatre. Our members have been working on the Archives for over 6 years - an on-going exciting venture. The archives room usually is not open, but it is filled with artifacts and information on the theatre history. If you have newspaper articles, old programs, or items from the Coronado, we invite you to bring them down to add to the collection.
In addition, LOLTOS has two glass cases, four music stands, and two easels of additional historical items on the Coronado’s east mezzanine. We change these displays periodically. We continue to restore items for the theatre. If you have not seen the windows along Park Avenue, do walk by for a look. The windows now contain more historical items and information that LOLTOS has collected. We thank our theatre manager and his staff for the hard work of arranging the windows.
LOLTOS is continually looking for tour guides, as well as information, articles, and items from the Coronado. If you can help us, please call 815-968-0595.